Tag Archive for Mike Pompeo

Report: US won’t stop Israel from attacking Iranian targets in Iraq

Russia Today reports US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling the Iraqi PM that the US will not prevent Israel’s Air Force from attacking Iranian targets in Iraq.

By Elad Benari

 

The United States has told Iraq that it will not intervene if Israel attacks Iranian targets in the country, Russia Today’s Arabic-language news service reported on Thursday.

The network, which cited an unnamed Iraqi government official, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed the message during his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad last week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

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REPORT: Iran sanctions Poland

A Turkish news agency reports that the Islamic Republic canceled a scheduled Polish film week two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Fox News that Poland was hosting a U.S. sponsored summit, aimed at discussing Iran’s regional, disruptive influence.

By Elad Benari

 

Iran on Sunday cancelled a week dedicated to display Polish films, which was scheduled to take place in February, in protest over Poland’s hosting of an anti-Islamic Republic summit.

Hossein Entezami, the director of the Cinema Organization, said that the activity has been suspended, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Polish films had been scheduled to be shown in February in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashahd. Continue Reading »

In Egypt US Sec of State Mike Pompeo rebukes Obama Mideast policy as ruinous

In a speech to the American University in Cairo Secretary of State Pompeo said, “Remember: It was here, here in this very city, another American stood before you… told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology,” believing the former US president purposely ignored the growth of Hezbollah in Lebanon at the detriment of Israel’s security.

By Associated Press

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies on Thursday as he denounced the former president for “misguided” and “wishful” thinking that diminished America’s role in the region, harmed its longtime friends and emboldened its main foe: Iran. Continue Reading »

Israel caught between Pompeo’s ‘no’ and Croatia’s deadline on F-16 jets sale

U.S. demands Israel remove all its sophisticated electronics and radar system avionics it added to the US made F-16 fighter jets it bought from Washington some 30 years ago, but the Israeli technological upgrades were crucial in Croatia’s decision to purchase the fighters from Israel over models directly from the U.S.

By Associated Press

 

Croatia on Thursday urged Israel to overcome a rare disagreement with the U.S. and confirm whether it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used F-16 fighter jets, adding that otherwise the purchase will be annulled.

Croatia’s Defense Ministry said it needs an answer from Israel by January 11. Continue Reading »

Secretary of State Pompeo assured Netanyahu, the U.S. will protect Israel

In a Brasilia meeting with the Israeli leader, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured PM Netanyahu that the Trump administration is working on plans to make the American troop pull-out from Syria as non-disruptive for Israeli security as possible.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Israel got “almost everything it asked for” when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo granted “seven out of eight” requests made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Brasília on Tuesday, according to a senior source in Jerusalem.

The prime minister told the press ahead of the meeting—held in Brazil’s capital after the inauguration of the country’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro—the main topics of discussion, the withdrawal of U.S. Continue Reading »

REPORT: U.S. State Dept. occludes law that compensates victims of terrorism

In an uncharacteristic move for the most pro-Israel administration, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be working hard to obstruct an October law that would compensate families of American victims of Palestinian terrorism, according to web-based political journalism website Talking Points Memo.

By YONAH JEREMY BOB

 

If the Trump administration is viewed as one of the most pro-Israel administrations ever, why would it reportedly bend over backward to block a new law that would advance compensating the families of American victims of Palestinian terrorism from the Second Intifada?

Last week, Matt Lee of Talking Points Memo reported that the Trump administration, led by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is working hard to repeal, delay or amend an October law on the issue. Continue Reading »

US merges east Jerusalem consulate with new US Jerusalem embassy

US decision to merge its Jerusalem embassy and the consulate that was primarily used by the Arab residents, is not tied to a change on Jerusalem’s final status, but rather, “to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our [State Department] operations.”

By JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem, which primarily serves Palestinian-Americans, will merge, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. – Photo: U.S. Department of State

The diplomatic mission will be located at the embassy site on Agron Street in the center of Jerusalem, according to the announcement issued on Thursday. Continue Reading »

Trump fires Sec of State Tillerson over his approval of Obama’s Iran deal

Tillerson has publicly contradicted Trump on the Iran deal in the past, including during the current negotiations, and has advised Trump not to rip up the nuclear accord outright, whereas CIA director Mike Pompeo, has disagreed, advocating for a full U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 pact led by former President Obama.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday morning, in part over “disagreements” on the Iran nuclear deal and amid a critical negotiation with Europe over its fate.

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Palestinian officials purposely leak unpublicized meet between Abbas & CIA chief

Not to be ignored by the press while Israeli PM meets with Trump, Palestinian officials leak news of ‘secret meeting’ between PA autocrat Abbas and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. 
• Abbas reportedly warns Pompeo that moving their Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could prompt violence.

By Daniel Siryoti

 

CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday, in the presence of Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

While the meeting was intended to be secret, Palestinian officials leaked news of it to media outlets in the West Bank ahead of the meeting Wednesday between U.S. Continue Reading »